|Publication number||US5143229 A|
|Application number||US 07/715,346|
|Publication date||Sep 1, 1992|
|Filing date||Jun 14, 1991|
|Priority date||Jan 31, 1991|
|Publication number||07715346, 715346, US 5143229 A, US 5143229A, US-A-5143229, US5143229 A, US5143229A|
|Original Assignee||Lacorte Richard|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (3), Classifications (5), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. Pat. application Ser. No. 07/638,051 filed on Jan. 31, 1991.
The invention relates, generally, to a holder for organizing household wrap cartons. Household wraps such as aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, and plastic sandwich and garbage bags are typically sold in cartons consisting of rectangular cardboard boxes from which the wrap can be dispensed. Moreover, cartons that contain wraps which are sold in continuous rolls, such as aluminum foil and wax paper, are provided with serrated cutting edges for separating a desired length of wrap from the roll.
While such cartons have proved to be an effective and inexpensive way of packaging and dispensing household wraps, they are difficult to store in an orderly manner. As a result, numerous devices have been designed for organizing household wraps. However, the known prior art devices are relatively difficult and expensive to manufacture and cumbersome to use.
An example of such a prior art device is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,094,416 issued to Smith. Smith discloses a support for dispensing packages consisting of a panel that can be attached to a wall or to the inside of a kitchen cabinet door. The panel supports a plurality of two-way adjustable holders for accommodating packages of various sizes. Each of the holders consists of a plurality of brackets secured to one another by a fastener and slot arrangement such that the brackets can be adjusted to retain packages of various sizes. As is evident from Smith, the number of parts and the complexity of the assembly and operation of the support make it expensive to manufacture and cumbersome to use.
Another example of a wrap dispenser is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 2,969,169 issued to Botnick. Unlike the support disclosed in Smith, the dispenser of Botnick supports the role rather than the carton. As a result, serrated cutting edges must be provided to sever the dispensed length of wrap from the roll. Moreover, a complex support mechanism is provided to hold the roll. Thus, the Botnick device is relatively expensive to manufacture. Moreover, the device disclosed in Botnick is cumbersome to use because the rolls must be removed from the cartons and installed in the roller support.
Thus a holder for organizing and supporting household wrap cartons that is inexpensive to manufacture and simple to use is desired.
The wrap holder of the invention overcomes the abovenoted shortcomings of the prior art and consists of a pair of identical sidewalls having a plurality of elongated slots arranged in pairs formed therein. Extending between the sidewalls and engaging the elongated slots are a plurality of support members. Each support member includes flanges that engage the slots formed in the sidewalls to create a friction fit between the support member and sidewalls. The support members include rectangular openings formed therein to engage one corner of a carton. The support members are arranged in opposed pairs such that one wrap carton is secured between each pair of support members. The support members can be slid in the slots relative to the sidewalls to vary the distance between the support members such that cartons of various sizes can be retained. Because the sidewalls are identical to one another and the horizontal bracing members are also identical to one another, the entire wrap holder of the invention is constructed from only two different components. Moreover, because a friction fit is used to assemble the wrap holder, no separate fasteners are required. As a result, the wrap holder of the invention is inexpensive to manufacture and simple to assemble and use.
It is a general object of the invention to provide an improved holder for household wrap cartons.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a wrap holder that is inexpensive to manufacture.
It is another object of the invention to provide a household wrap holder that simple to use.
Other objects of the invention, in addition to those set forth above, will become apparent from the following detailed description of the invention.
FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the household wrap carton holder of the invention.
FIG. 2 shows an exploded view of the carton holder of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 shows a section view taken along line 3--3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 shows an exploded view of a second embodiment of the carton holder.
FIG. 5 shows a section view of the second embodiment in association with a wrap carton.
Referring more particularly to FIGS. 1 and 2 the carton holder of the invention is shown generally at 1 and consists of a pair of identical sidewalls 3 and 5. Because sidewalls 3 and 5 are identical, specific reference will be made only to sidewall 3, it being understood that the construction, function and operation of sidewall 5 is identical thereto. Sidewall 3 consists of a flat piece of extruded plastic having a bottom edge 4 that can support the wrap holder 1 in free standing position on a horizontal surface. Sidewall 3 can also be secured to a vertical wall using suitable fasteners if desired. Sidewall 3 includes a plurality of elongated slots arranged in pairs 2, 4 and 6 offset from one another in the vertical direction as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. When sidewalls 3 and 5 are arranged as shown in the figures, the pairs of slots on sidewall member 3 are aligned with corresponding pairs of slots on sidewall member 5 such that support members 7-12 can extend between and engage the slots, as will hereinafter we described.
The support members 7-12 are identical to one another in construction and operation such that specific reference will be made only to support member 7, best shown in FIGS. 2 and 3. Horizontal support member 7 consists of an elongated V-shaped recess 13 having a length equal to or greater than the length of typical household wrap carton. The V-shaped recess 13 consists of a first wall 15 and a second wall 17 arranged at an acute angle with respect to one another such that one corner of a wrap carton can be received therein. Extending from the V-shaped recess 13 at opposite ends thereof are a pair of flanges 21 and 23. Flanges 21 and 23 are connected to and spaced from the V-shaped recess 13 by spacer elements 25 and 27, respectively, dimensioned such that the space between the flanges 21 and 23 and the V-shaped recess 13 is approximately equal to or slightly less than the thickness of the sidewalls 3 and 5.
An alternate embodiment of the horizontal members is illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5 and consists of planar horizontal support members 28 having rectangular openings 29 formed therein. The rectangular openings engage opposite corners of carton 31 such that the corners of the carton extend through horizontal members 28. Like the V-shaped recess 13, rectangular openings 29 orient the carton 31 such that cutting blade 33 is disposed in a proper cutting plane. Support members 28 have flanges 35 and 36 extending from opposite ends thereof to engage sidewalls 3 and 5 as described with specific reference to FIGS. 1-3. Specifically space elements 37 and 38 are dimensioned such that a friction fit results between support members 28 and sidewalls 3 and 5.
To assemble the wrap holder of the invention, the sidewalls 3 and 5 are arranged so as to be parallel with respect to one another with the pairs of slots on sidewall 3 being aligned with corresponding pairs of slots on sidewall 5. The horizontal support members 7-12 or 28 are fixed to the sidewalls 3 and 5 by inserting flanges 21 and 23 or flanges 35 and 36, respectively, through the slots and rotating the support members such that the flanges extend across the slots, as shown in FIG. 1. Thus, the support members 7-12 cannot be removed from the slots. Because the length of spacer elements 25 and 27 or 37 and 38 are equal to or slightly less than the width of the sidewalls 3 and 5, the horizontal support members will be held in position relative to the sidewalls by the friction fit created by the engagement of the ends of walls 15 and 17 and the flanges. The support members 7-12 or 28 are arranged such that the V-shaped recesses or the rectangular openings of the support members located in the pairs of slots face one another to receive and retain the opposite corners of a carton therebetween. The cartons are arranged between the support members such that the serrated cutting blades of the cartons are presented in a plane where the severing of the wrap is facilitated. The horizontal support members can be slid in the slots in the vertical direction relative to one another to accommodate wrap cartons of various sizes as illustrated in FIG. 1. As previously described, the pairs of slots are offset from one another as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 such that adjacent cartons will also be offset from one another to prevent the adjacent cartons from interfering with the dispensing of the wrap paper.
While the preferred embodiment of this invention has been shown and described in some detail, it is to be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art that this description and the accompanying drawings are offered merely by way of example, and that the invention is to be limited in scope only by the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||211/85.28, 108/107|
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